Published reports say that that Danica Patrick will race in NASCAR’s Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series next season, as part of a deal with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point leader Tony Stewart.
ESPN.com quotes unnamed sources saying Patrick will run "a significant number" of Nationwide races in 2010, in addition to a full-season of IndyCar racing with Andretti-Green Racing. In addition, Patrick will see seat time in both the Camping World Trucks and ARCA, possibily beginning with an ARCA start at Speedweeks 2010 in Daytona.
Stewart-Haas does not currently compete in Nationwide or Trucks, meaning that a third partner will almost certainly be needed to consumate the deal. While Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s JR Motorsports has been mentioned as a possible candidate, Sirius Speedway has learned the Kevin Harvick Inc. is likely to provide the machnery for Patrick's stock car effort.
Stewart has not commented specifically on any plans he might have with Patrick, but said, “I know that she's serious about (NASCAR). I know that's what she wants to do. I don't think she has some misguided idea that it's going to be easy to do it. She wants to do it the right way. She has the intentions of doing everything right and she's…come to us to see our opinion about how she should go about it."
Stewart also confirmed that there will be no third Stewart-Haas Sprint Cup team next season, explaining that sponsor and driver negotiations did not progress quickly enough for the team to consider adding a third Chevrolet for 2010.
Chevy Committed To NASCAR: Chevrolet’s Brent Dewar said Saturday that the automaker is in NASCAR to stay. Dewar was at Atlanta Motor Speedway to assure Chevy teams that factory support will continue at its current level through at least 2010, and that the total number of drivers and teams will not be reduced. In addition, he said he hopes to be able to increase support in time for the 2011 season.
"We've been in it from the beginning, and we're in it for the long haul," he said, adding that the concept of "race on Sunday, sell on Monday" still applies and that GM continues to see a positive return on its investment in the sport.
Eury Happy At HMS: Tony Eury Jr. said Saturday that he will remain with Hendrick Motorsports in 2010, despite a recent visit to Richard Childress Racing, and a Charlotte Observer report that he could join Brad Keselowski at Penske Racing.
Eury is in the second year of a five-year deal with Hendrick, and downplayed the visit to RCR, saying, "Who said I wasn't up there just to tour the museum?"
More Trouble For Mayfield: Jeremy Mayfield’s problems continue to multiply. Mayfield is now being sued by Arrington Manufacturing for a $71,000 unpaid engine bill stemming from races he took part in earlier this season.
A complaint filed last week in North Carolina Superior Court alleges that Arrington provided engines to Mayfield Motorsports at Phoenix, Talladega, Richmond, Darlington, and Charlotte, in addition to the Sprint Showdown on All-Star Weekend.
Compensation was based on how many miles were run in each event, and while Mayfield paid for the Phoenix and Talladega races, Arrington alleges that he has not paid for the other four events. The company seeks the $71,000 it says it is owed, plus attorneys' fees. Mayfield is also being sued by Triad Racing Technologies for more than $86,000 in unpaid bills, and faces a defamation of character suit filed by his former stepmother, Lisa Mayfield.